SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks No.1 priority in free agency was to resign running back Marshawn Lynch. Late Sunday night the team has done just that coming to terms with Lynch on a four-year contract worth $31 million, with $18 million guaranteed. Lynch was one of several players that hadn’t been franchise tagged which meant the two sides were very close to a deal.
Lynch, 25, was acquired back in 2010 from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a conditional draft pick which turned out to be a fifth round pick. In 27 games with the Seahawks Lynch has ran for 1,777 yards and eighteen rushing touchdowns including a career high in yards this past season with 1,204.
The Seahawks made Lynch their latest offer to Lynch right after the Pro Bowl and he’s been sitting on it ever since. The contract averages out to $7.75 million per-year which would put Lynch in the top 10 annually for running backs. Seattle protected themselves long-term by not overextending with Lynch to a five or six year contract, like they did with Shaun Alexander after 2005.
General manager John Schneider was happy to announce the agreement just moments ago “We are excited to keep Marshawn as an important part of what we are building.” With Lynch now in the fold Seattle’s next move is to resign defensive end Red Bryant before the March 13th deadline.
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